Khir endorses MIC candidate but Anwar Ibrahim will not endorse HRP candidate. Anwar or Hindrafs’ racist agenda?
Even the cruel ex Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo the biggest demolisher of hindu temples in Selangor (at the rate of one hindu temple in every ten days) had said “In the concept of sharing power among the various races and mutual understanding, it is fair that an MIC candidate should be allowed to stand in the (Hulu Selangor) by-election. (The Star 31/3/2010 at page N31).
But PKR Supremo Anwar Ibrahim would never similarly endorse an Indian HRP candidate (at least to maintain status quo if not to display greater multi racialism that he claims). At least in this instance who is more multi-racial? Khir Toyo or Anwar Ibrahim?
In fact PKR’s history could be traced and tracked back from the very first general elections it contested in 1999 onwards when PKR had arm twisted DAP and had filed Malay candidates in many traditionally DAP Indian constituencies.
In the 2004 and 2008 general elections PKR grabbed these traditional Indian DAP seats. In fact in the 2008 general elections PKR and PAS Malay candidates defeated the MIC candidates in Hulu Selangor, Teluk Kemang, Lunas, Pasir Panjang, Behrang, Bukit Melawati as if the already suppressed and oppressed by UMNO Indians did not need the political additional representation if not any and every political representation.
In the year 2000 Teluk Kemang by- elections PKR had similarly filed Roslan Kassim against S.Sothinathan of the MIC. Why not N.Gobalakrishnan who was the original PKR candidate in the 1999 general elections? Roslan Kassim and many other especially serving PKR MPs and state Assemblymen have since defected to UMNO. But no Indian elected representative has ever defected to B.N.
In the 2001 Lunas by- elections, PKR had similarly filed Saifuddin Nasution against the MIC candidate and by passing the original 1999 general election DAP candidate Mr.Kathirvelu.
In the 2007 Ijok by elections, PKR similarly filed Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim against Parthiban of the MIC and by passing the original Indian DAP candidate.
Had it not been for independent candidate Arumugam in Bukit Selambau when the PKR Malay candidate was disqualified in the 2008 general elections, Kedah Indians would have lost all their state political representation in particular it’s sole Exco cum state assembly seat after Lunas having been grabbed by a PKR Malay candidate.
In the 2009 Bukit Selambau by elections even the Hindraf Makkal Sakthi people power proposed lawyer who would stand up without fear or favour also in particular for the poor Indians was excluded by PKR because he was no mandore not a PKR pushover but instead an unknown Indian kow-tow mandore but who would otherwise toe PKR’s line was selected the candidate and then made an Exco Member.
To the direct contrary each time it is a Malay seat beginning from the by elections in Teluk Kemang 2000, Sanggang 2000, Lunas 2000, Pahang 2001, Indera Kayangan 2002, Kuala Berang 2004, Pengkalan Pasir 2005, Batu Talam 2007, Machap 2007, Ijok 2007, Bukit Selambau 2009, Penanti 2009, Manek Urai 2009, Permatang Pasir 2009, Bagan Pinang 2009, Permatang Pauh 2008, Kuala Terengganu 2009 and Bukit Gantang 2009 the pre existing Malay seat is always contested by a Malay PKR or PAS candidate without any hitch. Why not an Indian candidate in these seats as Anwar Ibrahim claims not to have a racist agenda but instead alleges that it is Hindraf that has a racist agenda.
Similarly in the Chinese seats of Ketari and Indera Kayangan by elections it was contested by the PKR and DAP Chinese candidates respectively again without any hitch.
In effect 100% of the Malay and Chinese seats in any of the by elections since 1999 to date in 2010 was always contested by the Malay and/ or a Chinese candidates from PKR, DAP and PAS but to the contrary 100% of the Indian seats were arm twisted and grabbed by the PKR Malays.
And now finally coming to the Hulu Selangor by elections PKR will not make way for even a strong and deserving HRP Indian candidate who has a track record of speaking up without fear or favour especially on the critical Indians problems and where there are few if not no takers. (This point is now academic as HRP has decided not to contest but would instead focus on it’s 15/38 Indian political empowerment strategy- the way forward. But the principle remains). Just because the Hulu Selangor seat is a Malay majority seat and a Malay candidate has the best chances of winning or the race based winnability factor and/or PKR prefers someone never seen to be championing Indian issues, thus a Malay candidate would thus be filed. Going by this PKR standards, there will eventually be no more Indian MPs’, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Exco Members or State Assemblymen as there is not a single Parliamentary or State seat in Malaysia which is an Indian majority seat. Thus PKR takes advantage of the Indians.
As if we do not have enough (state induced) racial problems already in the country, a Malay candidate in Hulu Selangor would accelerate racial tensions between the Indians and the Malays like what had happened in particular in Teluk Kemang, Lunas and Ijok where we recollect the election campaign going out of hand, racial slurs being hurled and in Teluk Kemang in particular even the person of no less than the Returning Officer cum District Officer had in the early hours of the next morning used his four wheel Pajero to tear down a part of the hindu temple in Port Dicksom which was under construction. But does this matter to Anwar Ibrahim ? To the contrary we were envious of how the UMNO Division Chief had become the Pengarah pilihanraya to ensure and secure an Indian candidate winning the seat, how the UMNO Mak Ciks and Pak Ciks greeted and accepted the MIC candidate which has never happened to any Opposition Indian candidate from PKR in a by elections where the nation’s focus is and will be remembered for a long time.
We have said it before many times and we say it again that where it concerns sharing of Parliamentary and state assembly seats, UMNO has been fairer to the Indians than PKR. Even at the last general elections MIC was guaranteed and free to choose it’s own Indian candidates in the Nine Parliamentary seats and twenty state seats allocated to it to contest.
But Anwar Ibrahim, Lim Guan Eng and Hadi Awang may say “Look there are 11 Indian PKR and DAP MPs’ in Parliament and 14 PKR and DAP Indian State Asseblymen in the PKR, DAP and PAS ruled states of Perak, Selangor, Penang and Kedah state Assemblies including one DCM II and (initially) three and now two Exco Members and also in Perak and N.Sembilan. But PKR, DAP and PAS had been careful in choosing mandore material Indian candidates who would play to the tune of the majoritarian Malay, Chinese and natives gallery but hardly ever on a serious tone raise critical Indian problems save and except for the odd wayang kulit Indian issues. For instance in the last traditional Indian village of Kg Buah Pala demolishment in Penang, the Ladang Batu Pekaka hindu cemetary demolishment in Kedah and the demolishment of the Ampang hindu temple in Selangor or in any of the other scores of critical Indian problems primarily and as recently outlined in “Human Rights Violations Against the Ethnic Minority Malaysian Indians. HRP briefing for foreign and diplomatic missions in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on 26/3/2010” none of the 11 Indian MPs’ on their own and/or in unison with PKR, DAP and PAS leaders and/or MPs’ ever once walked out of Parliament, put in an emergency or other motions, organised even one protest forum, sued the local and other authorities or embarked on public campaigns etc. Because they are all subservient and have to kow tow to PKR, DAP and PAS Malay and Chinese leadership (just as how MIC has to prostrate and kow tow to UMNO) and have to toe their party line where the critical Indian issues are not a priority and cannot be seen to be “pro Indian” and coupled by the fact that they all won on up to about 88% Malay and Chinese votes thereby rendering them not empowered enough to put their foot down on the aforesaid Indian problems let alone the scores of the other critical Indian problems also carried forward from the 53 year old UMNO regime rule.
Who now has the racist agenda? Anwar Ibrahim or Hindraf ?
Who now has more of the racist agenda? Anwar Ibrahim or Najib Tun Razak?
It is given that UMNO has to lose in the 2012/2013 general elections. Most of the injustices and atrocities in the country today is because of UMNOs’ 53 year old rule of Malaysia without a break in the chain. Malaysia will overall become a better country after UMNOs’ fall in 2012/2013.
But based on the above and even when state land is refused to be given to all 98 Tamil schools in Selangor which is 100% within the purview of the PKR Selangor government is Anwar Ibrahim going to make a difference to the daily lives of in particular the Indian poor who have laboured and suffered for 53 long years under the UMNO regime. Is Anwar Ibrahim sincere vis a vis seriously addressing the critical Indian problems.
Karunai Nithi @ Compassionate Justice